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Bradenton Explorers

Bradenton Explorers
19891990
Bradenton, Florida
Team logo
Class-level
Previous Independent Winter League
Minor league affiliations
League Senior Professional Baseball Association
Division Northern Division
Team data
Previous names
  • Daytona Beach Explorers (1990)
  • Bradenton Explorers (1989)
Previous parks

The Bradenton Explorers were one of the eight original franchises that began play in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. That season, the club complied a record of 38-34 and finished in second place in the league's Northern Division, narrowly holding off the Orlando Juice. Jim Morrison led the league with 17 home runs, and pitcher Rick Lysander added a league-high 11 saves. In the playoffs, the Explorers lost to the St. Petersburg Pelicans, who went on to become league champions.

However the following season, the team relocated to Daytona Beach, becoming the Daytona Beach Explorers. The move was a result of the team losing $1 million during their first season.[1] In Daytona the team had an 11-11 record and were in 4th place when the league ceased operations on December 28, 1990.

Notable players

References

  1. ^ White, Russ (May 26, 1990). "Bradenton Explorers May Move To Daytona". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
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